Oceans, Coastals and Coral Reefs Specialist Group

Specialist Group Profile

Co-Chairs: Nilufer Oral and David VanderZwaag

WCEL members wishing to join the Specialist Group may contact Lauri MacDougall .

The year in review

The WCEL Oceans Specialist Group has been working with scientific, policy, and legal experts on issues involving marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Members of the Specialist Group participated in a recent seminar at the IUCN Environmental Law Centre. The seminar was held in preparation for upcoming intersessional workshops of the UNDP Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (UN BBNJ Working Group), which will be held in New York in May 2013.

Workshop documents